Florida Fish Busters’ Bulletin February 2014
Bass season off to a record-breaking start.
By: Bob Wattendorf , with John Cimbaro and KP Clements
Largemouth bass – Florida bucket mouths – are showing up in abundance this winter, with an outstanding year projected by Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) biologists. The first year of TrophyCatch ended, and the awards were all given out, but now the challenge is on for year two. TrophyCatch rewards anglers for catching, documenting and releasing largemouth bass heavier than 8 pounds in Florida. Bob Williams of Alloway, N.J., earned the TrophyCatch Championship Ring for the first season. It was presented at Bass Pro Shops in Orlando last month by Keith Alan, from the American Outdoors Fund, and Tom Champeau, director of the Division of Freshwater Fisheries Management. His winning catch was a 13-pound, 14-ounce largemouth from Rodman Reservoir. He previously earned a free ($500 value) fiberglass replica of his catch and other awards totaling approximately $1,000.
Dan Echols shows off a properly documented Trophy Club entry from Lake Istokpoga. More TrophyCatch entries were verified from Lake Istokpoga the first year than from any other large lake. Bob Williams' TrophyCatch Championship ring from season one.